Treating Problems in Education

We spend our most formative years in it. The best years of our lives, they call it. And in these years, we ostensibly learn invaluable lessons for the rest of our lives.

Still, I can’t help but remember Einstein’s thoughts about it: “Education is what remains after you’ve forgotten everything you learned in school.”

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Treating Problems in Education.

Well, this is a subject close to our hearts here at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy because we work with education a lot. But let me describe something about our structure here first.

As you may know from listening to Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, we’ve been working with new ways to structure business since the mid-1980s. When the president of ISAT, Norberto Keppe, upon whose psycho-sociological discoveries I base this show, was invited to take his work to the U.S., he was frankly shocked at the massive decay he noticed there. He wrote a number of books about it, most notably Liberation of the People, Work and Capital and the Decay of America. One essential aspect of Keppe’s critique centered about the mis-guided policies of Reagonomics.

Keppe noted that the policies of speculation being promoted by Reagan and Friedman, the economist who oriented him, was moving America away from producing goods and into making money with money. This makes money more important than work – an inversion that seriously weakens an economy, because nothing real can be built on speculation only. This creates an inflated virtual economy floating above a non-existent foundation – which used to be based on work and production.

So, Keppe organized Trilogical companies based on disinverted principles, such as workers owning the company, payment occurring based on production, not the money invested by a person, no one making money on the work of others.

And one of the businesses we run this way is Millennium Language Schools here in São Paulo, where we employ Keppe’s studies in psycho-socio-pathology to teach people. With great effect, I might add.

Luciara Avelino is a Brazilian teacher who has worked here for over 10 years. In addition to her teaching duties, she now conducts workshops to help teachers and students understand themselves better so they learn better.

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The Tyranny of Cool

Ask them about what’s important to them and they’ll parry your enthusiasm with a nonchalant shrug and a mumbled, “I don’t know.” You can predict it … somewhere between kid-dom and adolescence, your child stops asking inquisitive questions and starts acting like everything you care about and they used to care about is now completely useless.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, The Tyranny of Cool. How can we understand – and help – our teenagers?

Listen, I know I’m dangerously close to sounding like every other person from the older generation here, lamenting the lost younger generation. But at the risk of sounding like every parent you’ve ever heard, I’m going to go out on a limb and propose that really, today, something is different with our teenagers. I’m open to the consideration that maybe it’s just a matter of degree, but I think something is dreadfully wrong in the soul of our young people.

Of course, we can’t separate that from the corruption in values we’ve witnessed in society, and that process has been aided and abetted by, among others, my generation, so I don’t mean to separate myself from the problem and suggest, “Hey, we were wonderful, what the hell happened to you guys?” I have rather sobering memories of Mrs. Kent coming up to me in the halls after English Lit. class when I was surrounded by my basketball-loving friends and asking me embarrassingly, “Richard, wasn’t Milton´s Paradise Lost wonderful today?” My response was not particularly full of gratitude and enthusiastic agreement.

So, it’s always been somewhat this way. But I still maintain that the adolescents are in worse shape today.

Let’s analyze this a little. Selma Genzani is one of the lead analysts at Norberto Keppe´s Integral Psychoanalysis clinic here in Brazil. She has vast experience with adults, children and, of course, teenagers.

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